Internet radio comes to Android – but beware of the bugs
by on May 7, 2010
The idea of having Last.fm on your Android phone is definitely an enticing one. Android is fairly barren when it comes to music apps – it hasn’t got the lure of iTunes for a start – and Last.fm, since it appeared on the web way back in 2002, has been a solid source of decent music.
On the Android platform, the service works well but there are some kinks in the music app’s armour.
Setup is fairly straightforward. Enter in your log-in details, press Start A New Station and you are away. You can search for artists you like and then setup a playlist to listen to.
So far so good, but the problems come when you want to listen to the music. Through Wi-Fi, we had no major issues, but 3G lead to a long wait for tracks to buffer. And we also got a load of error message, which meant that we had to reload the app.
When the application does work, though, it’s great. Last.fm’s recommendation engine is a dream and the fact that it runs in the background means you can use the phone while listening to your music.
As long as you have an unlimited data package, then Last.fm will be a great app for those who want to use their Android phones as a music machine. Those who do not may want to stick to their MP3 collection.
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